So, the United States may have shown China some deference by changing the location of an upcoming Korea—US naval drill from the West Sea to the East Sea, but some point out that Washington has shown “shown no consideration at all” to Korea by calling the location of the upcoming drill the “Sea of Japan.”
Quick, get the smelling salts!
MBC reports that Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell called the body of water between Korea and Japan “the Sea of Japan” in announcing the drill.
A Foreign Ministry official explained that due to the difference in opinion on the matter between Washington and Seoul, the United States could use the term until an agreement on the name is reached, but MBC says there is also criticism that for the US government to call the East Sea the Sea of Japan in announcing an allied Korea—US drill diplomatically disrespected Korea.
Cueing Doug Bandow!